How to Download Photo Album from OneDrive to Mac?

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How to Download Photo Album from OneDrive to Mac?


OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage service that lets you store files like photos and access them from anywhere. If you use OneDrive on your Windows PC and want to download albums to view on your Mac, it just takes a few simple steps. This guide will show you how to download full photo albums from OneDrive to your Mac.


  • OneDrive account
  • Photos/albums stored in OneDrive
  • Mac computer
  • OneDrive app installed on Mac

Locate the Photo Album in OneDrive

Sign in to OneDrive

Sign in to OneDrive

Go to and sign in with your Microsoft account credentials to access your OneDrive storage.

Navigate to "Albums"

On the left sidebar, click on "Albums" to view all the albums stored in your OneDrive.

Locate the Album to Download

Browse through the albums and locate the one you want to download to your Mac. Note the name of the album.

Download OneDrive App for Mac

Get the OneDrive App

Go to the Mac App Store and search for the OneDrive app. Download and install the app.

Sign in to the App

Open the OneDrive app and sign in with the same Microsoft account you used on the OneDrive website.

Allow Access

The app will ask for permission to access your OneDrive storage. Grant access so it can sync your content.

Select the Album to Download

Open "Albums" Section

On the OneDrive app, click "Albums" on the left sidebar to view albums.

Locate the Album

Find the album you located earlier on the OneDrive website.

Check the Album

Click on the album thumbnail and preview the photos to confirm it's the correct one.

Select the Album

Right click on the album thumbnail and click "Download" to select that album to download to your Mac.

Choose Download Location on Mac

Select Download Folder

A Finder window will open. Select the folder location on your Mac where you want to download the album.

Create New Folder (Optional)

If needed, create a new folder in Finder and select that as the download location.

Confirm Download

Double check the download folder, then click "Download" to start downloading the album.

Monitor Download Progress

Check OneDrive App

The OneDrive app will show the album with a green download icon indicating the download is in progress.

Monitor Finder

Open the Finder folder where you're downloading the album. Watch as the album downloads to your Mac.

Album File Name

The album will download as a zip file in the format "AlbumName-YYYY_MM_DD". The zip contains the photos.

Wait for Completion

Depending on album size, downloads usually complete quickly. Wait for the green icon to turn black indicating it finished.

Extract the Photo Album

Locate Zip File

In Finder, go to the download folder and locate the zip file of the downloaded album.

Double Click to Expand

Simply double click on the zip file. This will automatically expand the album into a folder containing the photos.

View Extracted Photos

The album folder will open, allowing you to view all the downloaded photos extracted from the zip file.

Access the Album Photos on Mac

Open Album Folder

Now that the album is downloaded and extracted, open the album folder in Finder to view the photos.

Add to Photos App (Optional)

You can add the album photos to your Mac Photos app. Simply drag and drop the folder to the Photos app library.

Share Photos

The album is now on your Mac so you can access the photos directly, import to your Photos app, attach to emails, upload to social media, etc.

Edit Photos

Use editing software like Preview or Photos to crop, resize, filter or edit the downloaded photos on your Mac.

Troubleshooting Tips

Wrong Album Downloaded

If the wrong OneDrive album downloaded to your Mac, simply delete it from your Mac and repeat the download process for the correct album.

Download Fails

If the download gets interrupted or fails, the OneDrive app will retry the download automatically. Check your network connection.

Photos Not Extracting

If double clicking the zip doesn't extract the photos, right click the zip and select "Extract All" to manually extract.

Large Albums

Very large albums may take longer to download and extract. Let the process complete, even if it takes some time.

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Downloading photo albums from Microsoft OneDrive to your Mac is straightforward with just a few steps. By installing the OneDrive app and selecting albums to download, you can get all your photos extracted right on your Mac. Now you can access, edit and share your OneDrive albums on your Mac or add them to apps like Photos. Following the tips in this guide, you'll be downloading albums like a pro in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download multiple albums from OneDrive to Mac?

You can repeat the download process for each additional album you want to download from OneDrive to your Mac. Or you can select multiple albums in OneDrive and download them in a single action.

Will downloading albums from OneDrive take up space on my Mac?

Yes, any albums you download from OneDrive to your Mac will take up storage space on your local hard drive. Make sure you have enough free space for the albums.

Can I download albums from OneDrive to Mac wirelessly?

Yes, if you install the OneDrive app on your Mac, you can sync and download albums from OneDrive wirelessly without connecting a cable.

What photo format do albums download as from OneDrive?

Albums will download with the original photo formats, typically JPG for photos from mobile devices and cameras. The images will remain full quality.

How long does it take to download an album from OneDrive to Mac?

Download times will vary based on the size of the album and your internet connection speed. Small albums usually download in under a minute, while larger ones with high resolution photos may take several minutes.

What happens if I delete an album on my Mac that came from OneDrive?

If you delete an album on your Mac that was downloaded from OneDrive, it will delete it locally but the album will still exist in your OneDrive cloud storage. You can always re-download it.

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